And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another… Hebrews 10:24, 25
Some of the most lovely passages in the Bible are found in the book of Hebrews, written to Jewish Christians. The most famous chapter, of course, is the well-known roll call of the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, listing some of the Old Testament believers who trusted in Christ, “Seeing we are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses … let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecto of our faith.” (12:1)
The unknown author of this beautiful book constantly emphasizes how much better off we are in the New Testament than even such outstanding saints as Moses, Abraham, and others. They lived in the shadows, and we have the full light of God that shines in the face of Jesus Christ. Their worship consisted of sacrifices of dumb animals, but Christ, the true Passover Lamb, has been once sacrificed for us. They could approach God only through the priesthood, and even the high priest was admitted into the symbolic presence of God only once in a whole year, but we can come boldly unto the throne of grace at any time, knowing we shall receive mercy and find grace for every need.
One thing that Hebrews repeatedly warns us New Testament believers against is slipping back into the formalism of the Old Testament. It is something all of us have to beware of. We like to have something between us and the holy God. We are fond of things. And so our worship gradually becomes more elaborate, liturgical, and with pictures of Jesus in church, thoughtlessly sung doxologies, etc. Be careful that your service of God today is sincere.